April 2007

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jocular: given to or characterized by joking. arriviste: an upstart. errant: wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving. tenet: any opinion, principle, or doctrine held to be true. deign: to condescend. clarion: a kind of trumpet; also, loud and clear. toper: a drunkard; a sot. obviate: to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary. abecedarian: pertaining to the alphabet; also, rudimentary; also, a beginner. rivulet: a small stream or brook. putsch: an attempt to overthrow a government. brio: vigor; vivacity. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party. refractory: stubbornly disobedient. cavort: to bound or prance about. efficacious: producing, or capable of producing, a desired effect. bedaub: to besmear; also, to overdecorate. trice: an instant; a moment. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against. apostasy: desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party. prolix: wordy. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others. circumspect: cautious; prudent. prepotency: predominance. argot: a specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group. quagmire: a predicament. ukase: an edict. indigence: extreme poverty. supplant: to take the place of.

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